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Thinking About Quitting?

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Are you ready to quit? 

Before you set your quit date you need to prepare. Take time to think about when, where, and why you smoke. If you understand your smoking habits and triggers, you'll have a better chance at success. 

It's never too late to quit. By stopping now, you can reduce your risk of cancer, lung and heart disease. You can also stop your lungs from getting even more damaged. Quitting is worth it. You're worth it.

How to Quit Smoking

Many people like you have quit smoking. You can too. Counseling, medications, and other supports can help you quit. The most effective way to quit is to have a plan and proper support. Pick a quit date, talk to a smoking cessation counselor and see if any nicotine replacement therapy or medications will help you.

Pick a quit day

Choose a date within the next two to three weeks to quit. Don't wait for the perfect day – just pick a day and work with it. Add it to your calendar.

Choose two or more proven quit-smoking methods

There are many proven ways to quit smoking. To boost your chances of quitting, pick what seems right for you:

  • Join a support group.
  • Get individual counseling in person or by phone. There are free quit lines across Canada.
  • Take nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The nicotine patch, gum, lozenge or inhaler.
  • Ask your doctor about prescription medications to help to quit smoking.
  • If you slip up, don’t give up.
  • Ask for support from your family and friends.
  • Going “cold turkey” – quitting spontaneously on your own – also works well for some people. Many people who have quit smoking for good say they quit cold turkey. If you think going cold turkey could work for you, try it.

Quit buddies support you through tough times

A quit buddy is someone you can depend on when you're craving a smoke, feeling down or just need to vent. A quit buddy can be anyone – a family member, friend, co-worker. The person doesn't have to be someone who used to smoke, since all that really matters is that he/she will be there for you to provide regular and non-judgmental support.
 

Quitting Smoking is Hard but Worth it

Within 8 hours of quitting carbon monoxide level drops in your body and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal
Within 48 hours your chances of having a heart attack start to go down and your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
Within 72 hours bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier and lung capacity increases.
Within 2 weeks to 3 months circulation improves and lung functioning increases up to 30 per cent.
Within 6 months coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve.
Within 1 year risk of smoking-related heart attack is cut in half.
Within 10 years risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half.
Within 15 years risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked.

Other Supports:

Breakitoff App 

QuitStart App 

Smokers Helpline

References:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/smoking-tobacco/quit-smoking.html